North Dakota Not-So-Nice? One-third of state residents say they regularly post negative online reviews

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A recent survey finds 36 percent of North Dakotans are likely to leave negative online reviews if they receive poor service or a poor product, ranking the “Peace Garden State” at #16 among all the U.S. states.

These are reviews based on a service or product received, not negative reviews for the sake of being negative.

It’s not just us — Minnesota comes in ahead of North Dakota with 37 percent saying they leave negative reviews online over poor products or poor service.

Montana has 30 percent of its residents leaving negative reviews, while South Dakota finds 28 percent of its residents leave negative reviews.

The national average is 31 percent.

These are the findings of a survey by business information website

The survey also found just over half of North Dakota business owners would be willing to fight to defend their product or service: 22 percent would be prepared to sue for defamation if they were on the receiving end of an inaccurate review that damaged their business.

But the vast majority are very wary of engaging with the negative reviewer: 93 percent say they would not be drawn into an online battle following a negative review. And 63 percent would investigate the circumstances surrounding a negative review to make sure a similar complaint doesn’t occur again. offers five tips on how businesses can deal with negative reviews:

  • Respond Promptly. It is always better to respond and as quickly as you. Keep a cool head and apologize where necessary and/or offer some form of compensation if possible. Customers need to know they are being listened to and potential future customers will want to see that feedback is being taken on board.
  • Take Ownership. Don’t take it personally Try to look at the feedback with a rational head and admit when something was wrong. On the other hand, it is also fine to politely explain if you feel that the complaint is unfounded.
  • Look for patterns in the feedback. Don’t overthink every bit of negative feedback you get. Try to take a step back and look at any common themes in feedback you get and take action on this. If you react negatively to every piece of feedback, it can be detrimental to your business.
  • Take Action. If a negative review has led to you taking action to resolve the problem or improve your service then go back and let the customer know. You want to make it clear you listen and take action where necessary.
  • Ask for a Second Chance. Don’t be afraid to go back to the customer and ask for another chance. If you have invited them back to try your service or product again, or fixed the issue they were complaining about, ask them if they can change their review.

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